An obesity protein discovery may lead to better treatments
(University of Southern California) By determining the structure of a key receptor in obesity, scientists have unlocked an opportunity for the development of new drugs. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 23, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

African Americans with underlying health conditions at higher risk for coronavirus infection
African Americans make up under 35% of the population in some Southern states, but 56% have died from the coronavirus. A new study found the virus is having a huge impact on blacks who are obese, diabetic or have hypertesion. Jeff Pegues reports. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - April 22, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Determination of the melanocortin-4 receptor structure identifies Ca2+ as a cofactor for ligand binding
We report the structure of the antagonist SHU9119-bound human MC4R at 2.8-angstrom resolution. Ca2+ is identified as a cofactor that is complexed with residues from both the receptor and peptide ligand. Extracellular Ca2+ increases the affinity and potency of the endogenous agonist α-melanocyte–stimulating hormone at the MC4R by 37- and 600-fold, respectively. The ability of the MC4R crystallized construct to couple to ion channel Kir7.1, while lacking cyclic adenosine monophosphate stimulation, highlights a heterotrimeric GTP-binding protein (G protein)–independent mechanism for this signaling modality. ...
Source: ScienceNOW - April 22, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Yu, J., Gimenez, L. E., Hernandez, C. C., Wu, Y., Wein, A. H., Han, G. W., McClary, K., Mittal, S. R., Burdsall, K., Stauch, B., Wu, L., Stevens, S. N., Peisley, A., Williams, S. Y., Chen, V., Millhauser, G. L., Zhao, S., Cone, R. D., Stevens, R. C. Tags: Biochemistry reports Source Type: news

Endocrine Disruptors in Pregnancy Tied to Obesity in Granddaughters Endocrine Disruptors in Pregnancy Tied to Obesity in Granddaughters
Exposure during pregnancy to PFAS, combined with a low cholesterol level, is linked to a heightened risk of abdominal and whole-body obesity in granddaughters, according to a new analysis.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Diabetes Headlines)
Source: Medscape Diabetes Headlines - April 22, 2020 Category: Endocrinology Tags: Diabetes & Endocrinology News Source Type: news

Almost Every Hospitalized Coronavirus Patient Has Another Underlying Health Issue, According to a Study of New York Patients
A new study of people in the New York City area who have been hospitalized with COVID-19 reveals that most of them have more than one underlying illness, some of which seem to increase their risk for bad outcomes. ( function() { var func = function() { var iframe = document.getElementById('wpcom-iframe-40dacff0be48c5b2add8e0f129770400') if ( iframe ) { iframe.onload = function() { iframe.contentWindow.postMessage( { 'msg_type': 'poll_size', 'frame_id': 'wpcom-iframe-40dacff0be48c5b2add8e0f129770400' }, "https:\/\/embeds.time.com" ); } } // Autosize i...
Source: TIME: Health - April 22, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Mandy Oaklander Tags: Uncategorized Brief COVID-19 Source Type: news

Obesity Ups Risk for COVID - 19 Severity
Disease severity increases with increasing body mass index (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge - April 22, 2020 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: Family Medicine, Infections, Internal Medicine, Critical Care, Nursing, Pathology, Pulmonology, Journal, Source Type: news

Yale Cancer Center study points to obesity as a driver of pancreatic cancer
New research finds that hormones released from the pancreas itself can advance the cancer — and that weight loss can stop this process in its early stages. (Source: Yale Science and Health News)
Source: Yale Science and Health News - April 22, 2020 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Obesity Ups Risk for COVID-19 Severity
WEDNESDAY, April 22, 2020 -- There is a high frequency of obesity among patients admitted to intensive care for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), according to a study published online April 9 in Obesity. Arthur Simonnet,... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - April 22, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Researchers identify link between obesity and sleep loss in worms
(University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine) Can staying up late make you fat? Researchers found the opposite to be true when they studied sleep in worms: It's not the sleep loss that leads to obesity, but rather that excess weight can cause poor sleep. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - April 21, 2020 Category: Biology Source Type: news

How losing weight could be key to surviving Covid-19
A New York-based study found that weight is the second biggest risk factor for serious illnesses, trumped only by age. Three-quarters of critically ill UK Covid-19 patients were overweight. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Child Obesity Linked to Higher Mortality Risk in Young Adulthood
Second study shows increased risk for anxiety and depression among girls and boys with obesity (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry - April 20, 2020 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Endocrinology, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Nursing, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Journal, Source Type: news

Child Obesity Linked to Higher Mortality Risk in Young Adulthood
MONDAY, April 20, 2020 -- Obesity in children is associated with an increased risk for premature mortality in young adulthood and with an increased risk for anxiety and depression, according to two studies published online in March in PLOS Medicine... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - April 20, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Obesity significantly increases risk for COVID-19
People under the age of 60 who have obesity have a higher risk for severe COVID-19 and are more likely to be hospitalised or go in to intensive care.Medscape (Source: Society for Endocrinology)
Source: Society for Endocrinology - April 20, 2020 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news

Exercise Training Reduces Reward for High-Fat Food Exercise Training Reduces Reward for High-Fat Food
Might an exercise intervention help modify eating behaviors in obese or overweight individuals?Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - April 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Orthopaedics Journal Article Source Type: news

Ventilation for Obese Patients Undergoing Bariatric Surgery Ventilation for Obese Patients Undergoing Bariatric Surgery
This systematic review of randomized clinical trials aimed to evaluate various ventilation strategies for obese patients undergoing bariatric surgery under general anesthesia.BMC Anesthesiology (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - April 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Anesthesiology Journal Article Source Type: news

Study shows obesity is the biggest chronic factor behind NYC coronavirus hospitalizations
(Natural News) One of the scariest things about the novel coronavirus is just how unpredictable the way it affects different people can be. When it comes to people being hospitalized for COVID-19, however, there’s one chronic health condition that is behind the bulk of the hospitalizations in New York City and it has nothing to... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - April 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

How Poor Diet Contributes to Coronavirus Risk
Improving our metabolic health could help ward off future medical, economic and social calamities from whatever pathogen next comes down the pike. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - April 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jane E. Brody Tags: Diet and Nutrition Food Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Obesity Diabetes Life Insurance Source Type: news

C-Section Births May Increase Risk for Diabetes
Women born by cesarean section had a higher risk for developing Type 2 diabetes decades later. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - April 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Nicholas Bakalar Tags: Diabetes Caesarean Section Obesity Source Type: news

Being overweight puts people at greater risk of being hospitalised with coronavirus
A link between carrying excess weight and developing severe symptoms of Covid-19 has been made after an analysis of 15,100 hospitalised coronavirus patients across the UK. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 19, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Obesity Link to Severe COVID-19, Especially in the Under 60s
More data confirm that obesity is one of the biggest risk factors for severe COVID-19 disease, particularly in younger patients; such individuals should be closely monitored, say researchers. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - April 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Strength training can cut liver fat by as much as 30% in 15 days
(Natural News) Strength training can reduce liver fat and improve blood sugar levels, according to a recent animal study. A team of researchers from the University of Campinas (UNICAMP) in Sao Paulo, Brazil studied the effects of strength training exercises on obese mice and found that the exercises led to a 25–30 percent reduction of liver... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - April 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Ovarian Insufficiency Not Tied to Higher Risks for Obesity, Diabetes
FRIDAY, April 17, 2020 -- Women with lower ovarian reserve do not experience differences in adiposity and glucose metabolism during their reproductive life span compared with women with high ovarian reserve, according to a study published online... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - April 17, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Obesity Is Biggest Type 2 Diabetes Risk Factor
Title: Obesity Is Biggest Type 2 Diabetes Risk FactorCategory: Health NewsCreated: 4/16/2020 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 4/17/2020 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Diabetes General)
Source: MedicineNet Diabetes General - April 17, 2020 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news

Exercise during pregnancy reduces obesity among offspring
(Washington State University) When physically fit women exercise during pregnancy they could be setting their children up for better fitness too, according to new WSU research. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - April 17, 2020 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Obesity Linked to Severe Coronavirus Disease, Especially for Younger Patients
Young adults with obesity are more likely to be hospitalized, even if they have no other health problems, studies show. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - April 16, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Roni Caryn Rabin Tags: your-feed-science Obesity Weight Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Ventilators (Medical) United States NYU Langone Health Horwitz, Leora Lighter, Jennifer Research Source Type: news

Obesity Link to Severe COVID-19, Especially in the Under 60s Obesity Link to Severe COVID-19, Especially in the Under 60s
More data confirm that obesity is one of the biggest risk factors for severe COVID-19 disease, particularly in younger patients; such individuals should be closely monitored, say researchers.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Cardiology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Cardiology Headlines - April 16, 2020 Category: Cardiology Tags: Diabetes & Endocrinology News Source Type: news

COVID-19 Pandemic Spells Trouble for Children's Health
Public health researchers are drawing attention to the long-term repercussions of COVID-19 school closures and other measures that are likely to exacerbate the problem of childhood obesity. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - April 16, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Breaking new ground in healthcare data
  The pandemic crisis has been focusing minds in healthcare and demonstrating the possibilities to innovate faster.  Pharma should remember this in the aftermath, says Sanofi Pasteur ’s David Loew, not least because, given the economic damage of a near global lockdown, governments can soon be expected to be on the hunt for savings from pharma.  “Given the economic downturn we have to expect there will be price pressures,” says Loew in his keynote on day one of the eyeforpharma Philadelphia Virtual conference (available free to anyone who registers).  Pharma, healthcare provider...
Source: EyeForPharma - April 16, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Andrew Stone Source Type: news

Breaking new ground in healthcare data
  The pandemic crisis has been focusing minds in healthcare and demonstrating the possibilities to innovate faster.  Pharma should remember this in the aftermath, says Sanofi Pasteur ’s David Loew, not least because, given the economic damage of a near global lockdown, governments can soon be expected to be on the hunt for savings from pharma.  “Given the economic downturn we have to expect there will be price pressures,” says Loew in his keynote on day one of the eyeforpharma Philadelphia Virtual conference (available free to anyone who registers).  Pharma, healthcare provider...
Source: EyeForPharma - April 16, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Andrew Stone Source Type: news

Breaking new ground in healthcare data
  The pandemic crisis has been focusing minds in healthcare and demonstrating the possibilities to innovate faster.  Pharma should remember this in the aftermath, says Sanofi Pasteur ’s David Loew, not least because, given the economic damage of a near global lockdown, governments can soon be expected to be on the hunt for savings from pharma.  “Given the economic downturn we have to expect there will be price pressures,” says Loew in his keynote on day one of the eyeforpharma Philadelphia Virtual conference (available free to anyone who registers).  Pharma, healthcare provider...
Source: EyeForPharma - April 16, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Andrew Stone Source Type: news

Regardless of Genetics, Obesity Ups Risk for Type 2 Diabetes
THURSDAY, April 16, 2020 -- Having normal body weight is crucial in the prevention of type 2 diabetes, regardless of genetic predisposition, according to a study published online April 15 in Diabetologia. Theresia M. Schnurr, Ph.D., from the... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - April 16, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Obesity Is Biggest Type 2 Diabetes Risk Factor
THURSDAY, April 16, 2020 -- Whether you have a low or a high genetic risk for type 2 diabetes, obesity seems to be the driving factor in developing the disease, Danish researchers say. Their new study found that obesity increased the risk of type 2... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - April 16, 2020 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Researchers use genomics to estimate Samoan population dynamics over 3,000 years
(Brown University) A new study estimating the size of the Samoan population using contemporary genomic data found that the founding population remained low for the first 1,500 years of human settlement, contributing to understanding the evolutionary context of the recent rise in obesity and related diseases. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - April 16, 2020 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Gut microbes and obesity
(Source: ScienceNOW)
Source: ScienceNOW - April 15, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Kiberstis, P. A. Tags: twil Source Type: news

The coronavirus is particularly unkind to those who are obese
This may help explain why the coronavirus has hit the U.S. so hard: Obesity appears to be a risk factor for serious cases of COVID-19. (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - April 15, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Melissa Healy Source Type: news

The coronavirus is particularly unkind to those who are obese
This may help explain why the coronavirus has hit the U.S. so hard: Obesity appears to be a risk factor for serious cases of COVID-19. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - April 15, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Melissa Healy Source Type: news

Obesity Is Risk Factor for COVID-19 Hospital Admission in & lt;60s
WEDNESDAY, April 15, 2020 -- Obesity is associated with admission to the hospital for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) patients, according to a study published online April 9 in Clinical Infectious Diseases and a study not yet peer reviewed and... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - April 15, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Coronavirus health latest: Obese people most likely to be hospitalised with COVID 19
OLD and obese people are the groups most at risk of being hospitalised after catching coronavirus according to a US study. Research suggests that these groups are more likely to be hospitalised with the virus than cancer or lung disease patients. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - April 15, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Obesity Ups Severe COVID-19 Risk in Young Patients
The researchers suspect that inflammation throughout the body linked to obesity could be a powerful factor in the severity of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - April 15, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

COVID-19 Pandemic Spells Trouble for Children's Health COVID-19 Pandemic Spells Trouble for Children's Health
Public health researchers are drawing attention to the long-term repercussions of COVID-19 school closures and other measures that are likely to exacerbate the problem of childhood obesity.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Diabetes Headlines)
Source: Medscape Diabetes Headlines - April 15, 2020 Category: Endocrinology Tags: Diabetes & Endocrinology News Source Type: news

Obesity Ups Odds for Severe COVID-19 in Younger Patients
WEDNESDAY, April 15, 2020 -- It's clear that age and chronic disease make bouts of the pandemic coronavirus more severe -- and even deadly -- but obesity might also put even younger people at higher risk, a pair of new studies suggest. The... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - April 15, 2020 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Overweight at 4? Beware of Broken Bones
Overweight preschoolers had higher rates of broken arms and legs in childhood. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - April 15, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Nicholas Bakalar Tags: Obesity Bones Weight Children and Childhood Source Type: news

OxHDL/HDL-C Ratio and Metabolic Health in Overweight Persons OxHDL/HDL-C Ratio and Metabolic Health in Overweight Persons
This study evaluated the qualitative characteristics of HDL particles in metabolically healthy and unhealthy overweight and obese subjects. Is the OxHDL/HDL-C ratio useful to assess metabolic health?Laboratory Medicine (Source: Medscape Pathology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pathology Headlines - April 15, 2020 Category: Pathology Tags: Pathology & Lab Medicine Journal Article Source Type: news

Does primary ovarian insufficiency affect your risks for obesity and diabetes?
(The North American Menopause Society (NAMS)) Are overweight women less fertile? Does primary ovarian insufficiency increase risks for obesity and diabetes? For years the controversy regarding the connection between reproductive health and body mass index has continued. A new study assessed the effect of ovarian reserve on obesity and glucose metabolism and found no correlation. Study results are published online today in Menopause, the journal of The North American Menopause Society (NAMS). (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 15, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Coronavirus: Old and obese 'at more risk' than cancer patients
Two New York University studies found patients who were over 65 or had a BMI above 30 were more likely to be admitted than those with cancer or lung disease. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 14, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

How ‘Fast Carbs’ May Undermine Your Health
Comfort foods like chips and cookies can short-circuit our biology and accelerate the onset of diabetes and heart disease. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - April 14, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Anahad O ’Connor Tags: Cooking and Cookbooks Digestive Tract Carbohydrates Obesity Grain Weight Food Diabetes Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Diet and Nutrition Heart Source Type: news

All Your Coronavirus Questions, Answered
One of the worst symptoms of any plague is uncertainty—who it will strike, when it will end, why it began. Merely understanding a pandemic does not stop it, but an informed public can help curb its impact and slow its spread. It can also provide a certain ease of mind in a decidedly uneasy time. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about the COVID-19 pandemic from TIME’s readers, along with the best and most current answers science can provide. A note about our sourcing: While there are many, many studies underway investigating COVID-19 and SARS-CoV-19, the novel coronavirus that causes the illn...
Source: TIME: Health - April 14, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: TIME Staff Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Explainer Source Type: news

The Effects of Age and Obesity on Testosterone Levels in Men The Effects of Age and Obesity on Testosterone Levels in Men
How are postprandial serum testosterone levels in men affected by age or obesity?Clinical Endocrinology (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - April 14, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Diabetes & Endocrinology Journal Article Source Type: news

Overweight, Obese Preschoolers Have Higher Risk for Fractures
TUESDAY, April 14, 2020 -- Preschool children with a body mass index (BMI) in the overweight or obese range have an increased incidence of bone fractures in childhood compared with preschool children of normal weight, according to a study published... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - April 14, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Do C-Section Babies Become Heavier Adults?
TUESDAY, April 14, 2020 -- Girls born by cesarean delivery may be more prone to obesity and type 2 diabetes as adults, a new study suggests. Of more than 33,000 women born between 1946 and 1964, nearly 1,100 were delivered by C-section. Of those... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - April 14, 2020 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news